Biotoxin mold

biotoxin mold
biotoxin mold

The awareness of toxic mold’s effect on human health has increased dramatically over the past few years. Mold is only one of the many biotoxins found in our environment, and the illness caused by exposure to these toxins is much more complex than most clinicians and patients assume.
Toxic burden is determined by two factors: the levels of toxic chemicals and microorganisms that we’re exposed to, and the function of our innate detoxification system. If toxic burden is higher than our bodies ability for detoxification,( which is determined by our genetic predisposition, epigenetic effects on gene expression, physiologic state of our body and nutrition among other factors) toxins will have adverse effect on our health.
Toxins that affect our health adversely include –Heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic cadmium, –Chemicals such as pesticides BPA, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants etc.,
—Biotoxins and biotoxin producing organic organisms are
• Fungi
• Bacteria (possibly including Borrelia, Babesia, and other organisms transmitted by tick bites)
• Actinomycetes (gram-positive bacteria from the order Actinomycetales)
• Mold
• Mold spores
• Endotoxins (aka lipopolysaccharides, or LPS; cell wall components of gram-negative bacteria)
Nearly everyone will become ill when exposed to sufficient levels of these biotoxins, but most people recover once they are removed from exposure. Their detoxification system is able to recognize the biotoxins in their bodies as toxins and eliminate them via the normal mechanisms.
As Dr Shoemaker, who is actively involved in raising the awareness about Mold illness, correctly describes Mold illness as chronic inflammatory response syndrome-CIRS.
Some of the symptoms are:
• Fatigue, weakness
• Post-exertional malaise
• Memory problems, difficulties with concentration and executive function
• Disorientation and confusion
• Headaches
• Vertigo, lightheadedness
• Muscle aches, cramping, joint pains without inflammatory arthritis
• Hypersensitivity to bright light, blurred vision, burning or red eyes, tearing
• Cough, asthma-like illness, shortness of breath, chronic sinus congestion
• Air hunger or unusual shortness of breath at rest
• Chronic abdominal problems including nausea, cramping, secretory diarrhea
• A propensity to experience static shocks
As you can see, these symptoms are “non-specific,” which means that they don’t conclusively identify CIRS (or any other disease) by their mere presence. That is the reason these symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed.
There is HOPE!. Functional medicine way of approaching and evaluating these symptoms has helped patient to come back to vitality and health.

Is toxic mold causing your symptoms?

Mold is a type of fungus; it is different than bacteria, viruses, parasites. It is eukaryotic cell. It has nucleus mitochondria and other cellular organelles attached to its membrane. It derives its nutrition and energy from moist organic material and not from photosynthesis. There are nontoxic mold used for food, beverage production, pharmaceutical use, making antibiotics, or probiotics etc.

It is estimated that indoor air pollutants, including mold and mycotoxins may be contributing to many of our illnesses. Molds are ubiquitous in world and mold spores can be found in household and workplace dust. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that after many hurricanes and major floods, excessive exposure to mold contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in susceptible individual regardless of type of mold or extent of contamination.

Toxic Mold
Toxic Mold

When mold spores are present in abnormally high concentration they can present major health risks to humans. We get exposed to molds through the skin contact, or breathing. Water damaged or damp indoor environment like homes, schools, office buildings, hospitals, hotels, construction areas, renovations, flower shops, summer cottages, and damp areas, are associated with exposure to mold. The most common types of molds that are found indoors include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys chartarum (sometimes referred to as “toxic black mold”) is a greenish-black mold, which grows on household surfaces that have high cellulose content, such as wood, fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint and is usually an indicator that there has been elevated moisture present or previous water damage.

Mold Types
Mold Types

Molds can secrete mycotoxin that can be measured in urine .Exposure to mold and mycotoxin can trigger allergies, asthma, inflammation resulting into oxidative stress and immune dysfunction in humans and animals.

Molds have the ability to produce various symptoms like respiratory distress, inflammation, cognitive issue, neurological symptoms, immune suppression, skin rashes, fatigue, memory loss, brain fog, headaches, muscle stiffness and joint pain, unusual skin sensation, sinus complaints, loss of appetite and body temperature dysregulation, increased urinary frequency and thirst, red eye, abdominal symptoms with diarrhea bloating, static shocks, vertigo feeling lightheaded etc.

These symptoms have been misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, depression, stress, allergy, PTSD, somatization, IBS, ALS, multiple sclerosis, and have been treated, without much success. There are specific tests that can be performed that can point in the direction of mycotoxin and biotoxin being the cause.

If you suspect that toxic mold exposure may be causing symptoms, you should start with–

1. Get your home checked by reputable company for mold exposure.

2. Remove yourself completely from the contaminated environment.

3. Do not expose yourself with the items from environment like clothing, books, carpet.

4. Under medical supervision consider using charcoal, bile binding agent .

5. Consider getting evaluation for nutrition, and treating inflammation and oxidative stress that mold could have generated in your body.

6. Your gut can be colonizing mold, fungi, Candida, bacteria, so get tested and seek treatment. These infections can cause Leaky gut also. If so must consider treatment for the same.

7. Support your detoxification ability by increasing green leafy vegetable as smoothie, vitamin C, and methylation support. It is advisable this to be done under physician’s advice.

8. If you made decision to live in the same home, please consider having high-quality air filter.

9. Avoid common foods which could have mycotoxin.

Some examples of food with possible mycotoxins are– alcoholic beverage like wine and beer, peanuts, sorghum, cottonseed, some cheese, corn, wheat, barley, tree nuts, pistachio, Brazil nuts, dried fruits, fix, coffee, Coco, beans, bread.

10. Remember it is doable.

I want you to know you are not alone. You are not crazy. And this illness is not all in your head. It is a real illness that has destroyed lives. But, there is hope!
The first step is finding out what the problem is. People get their lives back and are armed with the knowledge they need to know to keep their bodies safe.
Do not give up, and know that there is help available for you.